Griffin to make Opals debut with Australia in FIBA Asia Cup

July 7, 2017

Kelsey Griffin basketball

Kelsey Griffin

Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin will get her first taste of action with the Australian Opals later this month at the Asia Cup in India.

The 30-year-old basketball star recently wrapped up her first training camp with the Australian national team as the Opals prepare to compete in the Asian Zone.

They will face South Korea, the Philippines and Japan in pool play starting July 23.

Griffin, of Chugiak High fame, became a naturalized citizen in 2015.

The former WNBA player and NCAA All-American has flourished in her five seasons with the Bendigo Spirit in Australia.

She led Bendigo to WNBL championships in 2013 and 2014 and was the MVP of the Spirit in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

In 114 career games, she has averaged 15.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

The 6-foot-2 forward was in contention for a spot on the Australian Olympic team in 2016 until she was cut on the eve of the Rio Games.

Now she’s back.

“Kelsey is a very versatile player and has a high basketball IQ,” coach Sandy Brondello told the Australian Olympic Committee website.